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Exophony: Dictionary for Lovers


Author Xiaolu Guo describes her own literary practice as writing in „broken English“. A central motif in Guo’s novels is the quest to overcome the boundaries between people, whether these are linguistic, cultural, or due to gender, class or political events. Guo uses multilinguisticality as a fundamental stylistic device also at the artistic, formal level.

"Exophony: Dictionary for Lovers" begins with a reading by Guo from her novels "A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers" and "I Am China". Anne Rademacher reads from the German translations.

The reading is followed by a lecture by Guo, which will take up central questions of her work: What obstacles and freedoms result from a shift from one linguistic sphere to another? How is language competence influenced by social, cultural and political power relations?

Q&A via Zoom chat and Facebook comments.

The Zoom meeting room opens at 7:20pm (CEST):

A life stream is available on Facebook:

The event is organized in cooperation with Literaturhaus Köln. The program series is funded by Kunststiftung NRW.

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